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  • Steinhart Aquarium
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  • Visit the deepest Coral Reef tank in the world!
  • Osher Rainforest

Look Who You Might Run Into

Meet the insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals of our living collections.

Creature Closeups Gallery

Pierre the penguin

Get Your Daily Dose of Wonder

November 28th at 9:00am

Revel in the wonder of the Academy's annual holiday exhibit, showcasing the science behind this festive season.

For Members
November 30th at 10:00am

Join us in the Naturalist Center for an exclusive hands-on activity for members only.

For Members
November 30th at 10:30am

Explore the surface of the Red Planet with stunning images from NASA.

For Adults
December 8th at 7:30pm

On Dec. 8, learn about our search for and discovery of thousands of extra-solar planets.

For Members
December 9th at 6:30pm

Celebrate the holidays with a twist of science!

For Kids
January 17th at 6:00pm

Listen to the evening songs of rainforest birds and sing “twinkle twinkle” to a sea star.

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    Academy Expeditions

    We go to great depths—nearly 500 feet below the surface—to document biodiversity, including this rainbow anthias (Sacura speciosa).

    2014 Philippine Biodiversity Expedition

Explore our Library of Life

Our research collections include specimens from each of the world’s oceans and all seven continents. Take a peek at some of our oldest, rarest, and most amazing finds.

Specimen Spotlights Gallery

Frog

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